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·         China bans German pork imports over African swine fever case

·         Hog Disease in Germany Means a Boost for Battered U.S. Farmers

·         China bans German pork imports after African swine fever case



China bans German pork imports over African swine fever case

China has joined South Korea in stopping the import of German pork after a case of African swine fever was uncovered in a wild boar. Local producers have lost their biggest export market outside the EU.


Deutsche Welle (Germany)



German farmers on Saturday warned they will be hit hard by a Chinese ban on pork imports from the European Union's largest producer.


The Chinese customs office and Agriculture Ministry announced the measure on Saturday, which also covers indirect imports and all pork-based products.


The ban will take effect immediately, meaning that all exports already shipped will either be destroyed or sent back.


A spokeswoman from Germany's Food and Agriculture Ministry confirmed that it had been notified, before adding that the officials remained in talks with their Chinese counterparts.


According to the DPA news agency, the German government is hoping to limit the ban to certain regions of the country.


On Thursday it emerged that the carcass of a wild boar found in the state of Brandenburg, near Berlin had been infected with the African swine fever, the first known case in Germany.


Huge setback


The ban is likely to be a significant hit for Germany's pork industry, with exports to China worth around €1 billion ($1.2 billion) a year, representing some 25% of the EU country's export market.


Germany is the third-largest exporter of pork to China, which will now likely import more from the US, Spain, and Brazil…





Hog Disease in Germany Means a Boost for Battered U.S. Farmers


Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg

via Yahoo Finance - September 11, 2020


(Bloomberg) -- The first confirmed outbreak of African swine fever in Germany is giving a lift to U.S. livestock farmers, who have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic that shut meat-processing plants.


Major pork importers including South Korea and Japan have suspended shipments from Germany after the discovery of the deadly and highly contagious animal disease, and China was reported to be following suit.


The development could boost demand for U.S. supplies, with exports of American pork already booming to China.


December hog futures in Chicago climbed to the highest since February on Friday, and were on track for a weekly gain of 14%, the most ever for the contract that debuted in June 2019.


“We’re dialing in a lot of news on the demand side,” Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities Inc. in Iowa, said by telephone.


The U.S. hog market had crashed in March, first as restaurants in the U.S. closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and then as workers at meat plants started catching Covid-19. Absent employees and companies taking safety precautions forced pork plants to shut down, resulting in a nearly 40% reduction in output of the meat by early May.


Hog farmers left without a market euthanized animals and adjusted feed rations to slow the rate of weight gain in herds. While there is no official count of how many hogs were culled, CoBank estimated as many as 7 million.


Now, months after plants reopened, pork plants were bidding up prices to buy hogs from farmers, even before the news out of Germany...


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China bans German pork imports after African swine fever case


Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Dominique Patton; Additional reporting by Paul Carrel in Berlin, Nathan Allen in Madrid and Thomas Polansek in Chicago. Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Clelia Oziel, Reuters 

Sep 12, 2020


SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China banned pork imports from Germany on Saturday after it confirmed its first case of African swine fever last week, in a move set to hit German producers and push up global prices as China’s meat supplies tighten.


China’s ban on imports from its third largest supplier comes as the world’s top meat buyer deals with an unprecedented pork shortage after its own epidemic of the deadly hog disease.


The ban on Germany, which has supplied about 14% of China’s pork imports so far this year, will push up demand for meat from other major suppliers like the United States and Spain, boosting global prices.


German exports to China are worth around 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) annually, and volumes had doubled in the first four months of this year on soaring demand after Chinese output shrank around 20%.


A spokeswoman for the German Food and Agriculture Ministry confirmed the ban, adding that the ministry remained in talks with the Chinese government on the matter.


German farmers on Friday urged China to avoid a nationwide ban on imports of their pork, and the agriculture ministry said it had asked Beijing to apply a regional approach to the swine fever case.


But the ban, announced by China’s customs agency and its agriculture ministry, had been widely anticipated given Beijing’s history of moving quickly to implement bans in such cases.


The ban comes two days before Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting via video link with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Union leaders.




The move is expected to benefit other major suppliers like the United States, Spain and Brazil...